- Things must be bad indeed if a woman steps forward to
the line of fire. Nature arranged that a woman does not court danger unless
her land and her folks are in real trouble. But when she does, she teaches
men a lesson of manly behaviour.
- When France was fading away, a shepherd girl Jeanne d'Arc
took a heavy sword and led the flower of French nobles to assault the
walls of Orleans. When cities of Republican Spain was strafed by the Nazi
Luftwaffe, it was a woman, Dolores Ibarruri, La Pasionaria, who said to
her people: it is better to die tall, than to live on your knees. In 1990,
when Mikhail Gorbachev led his country to disaster and disintegration,
a year before the wealth of Russia was embezzled in privatisation spree,
only one person has dared to raise her voice against the dictator in the
parliament. She was the indomitable Sashie Umalatov, an MP from the Chechen
Now it is the turn of the US to feel the chilly wind of eternity on its
face. It came from unexpected direction. People of America became hostage
in the hands of a few men with too many dollars in their pockets and endless
greed in their hearts. For millennia, the difference of income, education,
and standard of living was not so vast in one land. The wealth of the
nation could provide every American with a superb education, perfect medical
care, happy childhood, secure old age, guaranteed home, and free time
to open one' s mind to new thoughts and old friends. America could be
on its way to the Golden Age of universal happiness and wisdom.
Instead of it, a small group of men squeezes the nation in order to add
another billion to their coffers. They would surely destroy the US by their
limitless greed. The devotees of Mammon, they are totally devoid of compassion
to the people they live amongst. They do not see the local people as 'their
own kind'. If they want to show compassion, they send money to Israel.
Out of five dollars American taxpayer gives for aid, four dollars land
in the coffers of the Jewish state. They appear unstoppable, as the politicians
are scared of them and docilely raise their hands and sign the pledge
promising to send more money to Israeli generals. Support of Israel is
not a foreign policy. It is the covenant of the Mammonites, and you sign
it with blood. With Palestinian blood.
But one woman refused to sign the pledge. One woman, Cynthia McKinney,
a member for Georgia, dared to refuse. Four hundred congressmen signed
it; they preferred their own personal advancement to the good of the country.
Ancestors of Cynthia were slaves in her native Georgia. But she is one
of a very few free persons in the US Congress. As we Israelis were used
to say about our Golda Meir, she is the only man over there. She is a
black woman, but she is the whitest man of them all, they would say before
the Politically Correct era. She knew the billions of Israeli aid are
needed for the poor people of the United States, for her own Afro-American
community. She wanted to uphold the sovereignty of the people and congress
of the United States, in face of encroaching servility to the Jewish Lobby.
She is not alone. Another wonderful Afro-American congresswoman, Barbara
Lee, cast the only vote against the slaughter in Afghanistan; John Conyers,
Jessie Jackson Jr, and Maxine Waters supported the cause of Palestine
on different occasions. Ron Paul of Texas voted against all-house resolution
sending obsequious greeting to General Sharon. Nick Rahall, John Sununu,
David Bonior did not bend.
Cynthia was just more outspoken in seeing the evil. She said[i], "There
are many Members of Congress who want to be free. I am one of them. I wanted
to be free to vote according to my conscience, but I had been told that
if I didn't sign a pledge supporting the military superiority of Israel,
no support would come my way. And sure enough, I didn't sign the pledge
and no support came my way. I suffered silently year in and year out,
because I refused to sign that pledge. And then, like a slave that found
a way to buy his freedom... I went to work ... I wanted to be free ...
Free to cast the votes in the United States Congress as I saw fit and
not as I was dictated to".
Now she stands for re-election, and her chances are dim, as the frightful
AIPAC, the spearhead of the organised Jewish community, targeted her. They
do not want to see independent and free congressmen on the Capitol Hill.
Their huge financial might, network of connections in the media and universities
are used to smother every free voice. They succeeded to unseat Earl Hilliard,
another Black Congressman, who did not bow to Sharon, and now plan to
do Cynthia in. If they succeed, the cause of freedom will suffer a huge
setback. If she succeeds, the myth of Jewish omnipotence will evaporate,
and America will look towards better days, as support or rejection of
segregated Israel speaks volumes about true agenda of a candidate.
Cynthia is not 'against Jews', as there are many very good folks of Jewish
origin. While the organised Jewish community implements quite a disgusting
policy, in domestic and foreign affairs alike, there are wonderful outsiders,
'the remnant of Israel'. Rejected by the community and rejecting it, they
stand for integration in Palestine and in the US. Some of them have supported
Cynthia's campaign; another outsider manages her campaign. Through them,
'you will be blessed by all people', the Lord's promise to Abraham is
I am not sure whether Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun, a "Progressive
Jewish monthly" from California, will be equally blessed. Rabbi Lerner
has spoken in support of Cynthia McKinney, but demanded in return to "call
for Israel to be given either membership in NATO or a mutual defence pact
with the U.S." Such a support defeats its purpose. As if the military
and political US backing of the racist Jewish state were not sufficient,
Lerner wants to establish it in law. Cynthia openly spoke against hegemony
of the Zionist Lobby, against Israel connection. Lerner offers to achieve
the purpose of the Zionist lobby under pretence of fighting it. This sophisticated
cunning is not unusual for crypto-Zionists, acting as deep penetration
agents outside their milieu, and Lerner already has performed a similar
task for the Zionists during Durban Conference[ii]. Next time, he will
fight heroin addiction by demanding the drug to be sold in every shop.
Cynthia and other congressmen should accept his offer of help for what
it is worth, but reject his demand of political payoff to Zionists.
Cynthia's is not a divisive voice of Blacks vs. Whites, nor Democrats vs.
Republicans, neither Left against Right. She speaks for the people of the
US against foreign interests. She is the congresswoman who dared to remind
of the USS Liberty seamen, butchered by Israeli heavy machine guns and
missiles. She reminded her audience of the last stand of Faris Ode, the
brave Palestinian kid who faced the Israeli tank with a stone and was
murdered. She stands against corporate greed. She stands for the nature
deemed expendable by the Greedies.
This woman with a name from the love lyrics of Propertius, the delicate
Greek poet, who called himself 'a pale knight in thrall of my angry Cynthia'
, is an all-American figure, brought forth by the spirit of America. The
great country does not want to die. In such moments, the land calls for
its sons and daughters to step forward to the line of fire. Cynthia heard
the call. Support of Cynthia is the ultimate test of love to America,
of belief in America's future in the family of nations, as an equal and
friendly nation, not as an enforcer for creed of Greed.
It is paramount to rally around her, as the French nobles rallied to Jeanne
d'Arc. Whether you are a descendant of African slaves or Muslim immigrants,
a son of Confederacy or a Daughter of American Revolution, a freedom-loving
Jew or a born-again Christian - it is the time to unite for Cynthia and
- Israel Shamir is an Israeli journalist based in Jaffa.
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- [i] a speech at the ADC Chapter in San Francisco on May
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